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How One Woman Redefined the Economic Space for Women in Pakistan

According to the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, only 14.3% of women in the country participate in the labor force. Lack of social and financial support and restrictions imposed on access and mobility serve as major obstacles for women who want to pursue fulfilling careers. In this landscape, Sabiha Ghani has been a game change

The Ashoka Fireside chats: Leadership on steroids

Henry De Sio – Vice President for Framework Change at Ashoka and Chief Operating Officer for the Obama '08 campaign – discusses his experience of 'leadership on steroids'  campaigning for the US president, change-making with Ashoka and using the force, in an exclusive interview with Pioneers Post editor Tim West. 

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Pioneers Post.

How Social Entrepreneurs Can Contribute to Equitable Growth in the Middle East and North Africa

How might social entrepreneurship contribute to a more competitive economy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), while promoting sustainable development, social justice and equity?

Sympathy: Simply Ineffective or Actually Harmful?

Editor's Note: Ashoka imagines a world where education is truly transformational, where every child has mastered empathy—and would like to work with you to help build it. Join us on StartEmpathy.org, our new digital home for all things empathy, where you can learn why empathy matters, pick up practical tips for how to cultivate it in your own home or school, and more.

In Spain, Social Entrepreneurship is Finding Strength

On Friday, October 21, 2011 Bill Drayton joined the ranks of Nelson Mandela, Bill and Melinda Gates, and the World Health Organization in receiving the Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation. The award, referred to as the Spanish Nobel, is an annual recognition of one person or organization for a global contribution to humankind.

As Drayton arrived in Spain for the award ceremony, there was a surge of media coverage and events focused on social entrepreneurship.

A Starfish Saved

A little over half way through the Young Champion program and it seems I’ve already received my blessings. Though the reasons that brought me back to Ethiopia were not the most desirable, my time here has proven more invaluable than I had ever dreamed. Flying to India, I recall preparing my mind for whatever awaited. I wanted to remove any preconceived notions so I could take in the reality of !ncredible India. I’m now certain that it was this mind state that made the transition that much easier.

Fast Company: Investing in Post-Conflict Startups to Save the World

Last week, Fast Company published an article on the importance of investing in post-conflict zones to kick-start the local economy, foster entrepreneurship, and reduce the chances of a relapse. As the article states:

Girl Em(power)ment: Laurel Touby, Leslie Harris and Sheila Krumholz Speak with Changemakers about Women, Tools and Technology

In case you missed the Changemakers.com Twitterview podcasts with Mediabistro founder Laurel Touby, Center for Democracy + Technology CEO Leslie Harris and Center for Responsive Politics Executive Director Sheila Krumholz this week, we've got them posted here on Ashoka.org for your perusal!

They are all part of the Women | Tools | Technology competition, so make sure to read the entries and cast your vote to decide the winners!